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Forum: Science & Technology 2020-12-03, 21:44
Replies: 54
Views: 1,148
Posted By xilman
There are no parts left in a reusable state...

There are no parts left in a reusable state beyond melting down as scrap. Even the towers snapped off at the top.

It fell from a height of 137m and hit the ground at very high speed.
Forum: jwaltos 2020-12-03, 17:33
Replies: 4
Views: 136
Posted By xilman
Another simple example: sqrt(2) is the ratio of...

Another simple example: sqrt(2) is the ratio of the diagonal of a square to its edge.

One could easily claim that all rational numbers are universal numerical constants.

Come to that: all...
Forum: y-cruncher 2020-12-03, 16:32
Replies: 36
Views: 17,568
Posted By xilman
Don't see why not. Computing the last digit is...

Don't see why not. Computing the last digit is much cheaper than computing them all.
Forum: Lounge 2020-12-03, 08:47
Replies: 13
Views: 289
Posted By xilman
Depends greatly on how they have been stored. ...

Depends greatly on how they have been stored.

I have been able to read >90% of 15-20 year old 5.25" floppies (written circa 1988, read circa 2008) for a colleague who wanted access to old data....
Forum: Science & Technology 2020-12-02, 18:29
Replies: 2,838
Views: 175,654
Posted By xilman
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/new-data-confirm-2020...

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/new-data-confirm-2020-so-to-be-the-upper-centaur-rocket-booster-from-the-1960-s

What goes around comes around.
Forum: Lounge 2020-12-01, 16:49
Replies: 18
Views: 451
Posted By xilman
OTOH, would you not wish to avoid some of your...

OTOH, would you not wish to avoid some of your earlier mistakes?

Depends on how serious those earlier mistakes may have been and how seriously they still affect you.

Extreme example: someone...
Forum: Lounge 2020-12-01, 16:20
Replies: 18
Views: 451
Posted By xilman
I suspect you may be wrong.

I suspect you may be wrong.
Forum: Science & Technology 2020-12-01, 16:01
Replies: 54
Views: 1,148
Posted By xilman
Arecibo is no more, it has ceased to be, bereft...

Arecibo is no more, it has ceased to be, bereft oflife it rusts in pieces.
Forum: Lounge 2020-12-01, 15:16
Replies: 18
Views: 451
Posted By xilman
See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11/22/63

See also
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11/22/63
Forum: Lounge 2020-11-30, 18:26
Replies: 18
Views: 451
Posted By xilman
Undoubtedly option 1. I know a lot more than...

Undoubtedly option 1.

I know a lot more than I did then. I could avoid a lot of mistakes which I then made, a good few of which did not depend on specific events or circumstances. I could (very...
Forum: Lounge 2020-11-30, 14:41
Replies: 4,152
Views: 267,092
Posted By xilman
Hint: refrigerators which have T_internal ~= 0.3...

Hint: refrigerators which have T_internal ~= 0.3 T_external are in widespread use and are relatively inexpensive, largely because they are in widespread use.

There is no shortage of structural...
Forum: Lounge 2020-11-30, 14:34
Replies: 4,152
Views: 267,092
Posted By xilman
Not necessarily. You could be wearing suitable...

Not necessarily. You could be wearing suitable protective clothing.

It is not too difficult to design a suit which can withstand 1000K on the outside and present 300K on the inside. The problem...
Forum: Lounge 2020-11-30, 14:31
Replies: 4,152
Views: 267,092
Posted By xilman
It would also depend on ambient temperature. ...

It would also depend on ambient temperature. There are lots of planets where Al would be either liquid or gaseous.
Forum: Lounge 2020-11-30, 14:03
Replies: 4,152
Views: 267,092
Posted By xilman
pRhjWdr-LAA

pRhjWdr-LAA
Forum: Lounge 2020-11-30, 09:48
Replies: 4,152
Views: 267,092
Posted By xilman
Of course, otherwise it wouldn't scan: And...

Of course, otherwise it wouldn't scan:

And it shall rain for ever and ever,
For ever, and ever.
Aluminium!
Aluminium!
Forum: Soap Box 2020-11-28, 16:40
Replies: 238
Views: 17,615
Posted By xilman
That is generally the reason for many, many things

That is generally the reason for many, many things
Forum: Soap Box 2020-11-28, 16:12
Replies: 238
Views: 17,615
Posted By xilman
I am surprised that there hasn't been one for...

I am surprised that there hasn't been one for decades.
Forum: Lounge 2020-11-27, 20:02
Replies: 5
Views: 276
Posted By xilman
I celebrate Thanksgiving. Why else would I...

I celebrate Thanksgiving. Why else would I create the other Thanksgiving thread?
Forum: Lounge 2020-11-25, 18:11
Replies: 4,152
Views: 267,092
Posted By xilman
s/queue/cue/

s/queue/cue/
Forum: Lounge 2020-11-25, 18:10
Replies: 1,557
RIP
Views: 113,237
Posted By xilman
He of the hand of God.

He of the hand of God.
Forum: Soap Box 2020-11-25, 18:10
Replies: 576
Views: 29,663
Posted By xilman
Example: multicellular life. Well, you might...

Example: multicellular life.

Well, you might be able to throw it away, but it would be phenomenally difficult.
Forum: Lounge 2020-11-22, 19:00
Replies: 1,639
Views: 90,444
Posted By xilman
We flew back with Ryanair ("The world's most...

We flew back with Ryanair ("The world's most loathed airline") which are as low-cost as they come. We were adivsed to do so because they are so desperate to fly that they are unlikely to cancel.
Forum: Soap Box 2020-11-22, 18:52
Replies: 30
Views: 1,390
Posted By xilman
Wimp (if you are on my side of the pond) or wuss...

Wimp (if you are on my side of the pond) or wuss (on your side).

130 (American) proof is only 65% EtOH. Absinthes up to 85% are readily available throughout Europe. I drink them neat.

I have an...
Forum: Lounge 2020-11-22, 18:26
Replies: 14
Views: 600
Posted By xilman
I argue that the rules are unclear. They...

I argue that the rules are unclear.

They were given as a reference to an earlier post to be used an analogy. That prototype used only five-letter words from which one was supposed to deduce the...
Forum: Factoring 2020-11-22, 18:20
Replies: 9
Views: 441
Posted By xilman
It depends. With my workload it is in...

It depends.


With my workload it is in stage 2.
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